Brodeur makes history

JODY VANCE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:16 AM ET

Move over Patrick Roy, time to make room for a new name joining yours in the repertoire of hockey moms and dads everywhere.

Martin Brodeur has long been one of the greatest to ever play.

Saturday night in Montreal he moved one step closer to dropping "one of" from that statement.

The anticipation was thick as the New Jersey Devils met the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre, and for good reason. This night Brodeur would match his childhood idol's impressive regular-season wins total record of 551.

In a classy move, Roy made sure he was in the building just in case Brodeur matched the record. He even went one-step further -- Roy sought out Brodeur at his hotel prior to the game to personally wish him luck.

It was almost as if it had all been scripted and yet it couldn't have been, it was just too good.

As the puck dropped there was the sight of Brodeur's proud father, long-time Habs team photographer Denis, sitting front row.

It was unreal that this could all be unfolding in their hometown, where hockey dreams were born.

So much needed to happen for it to work out like this. One must assume the hockey Gods were on the side of this stellar player.

Early last November shoulder surgery put Brodeur on the shelf, a spectator for three months -- something he has never endured in his career. He returned in late February, on fire, notching the needed wins with authority.

Call it fluke or call it fate that career regular-season NHL game no. 986, with 550 of those being wins, would see Brodeur's Devils roll into his hometown of Montreal Saturday.

The sell-out crowd certainly felt the magic as they gave the visiting goalie a night to remember. They chanted "Bro-deur Bro-deur" as the final siren fired -- the record officially met with the 3-1 win.

As he took the turn to wave to the crowd as first star of the game there was no hiding his tears of joy.

These are the stories for kids heading off to dreamland.

-- Jody Vance is a sportscaster and personality with Leafs TV.


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